Inside modern Macintosh computers lies the incredible power of one of Apple's G3 or G4 microprocessors, supercharged chips no larger than a postage stamp. These miniature technological wonders have the capability to process millions upon millions of computer instructions every second; in fact, the G4 processes billions of instructions, which puts it in the supercomputer class. In addition, your new computer comes with a sharp, bright color screen; a graphics accelerator; a fast CD drive, or maybe even one that can create DVDs; a built-in modem; and lots and lots of great software.
In the first part of this chapter, I'll talk you through installing and setting up your Mac. Then we'll talk about the OS X operating system that you'll use to make full use of your Mac's digital media capabilities.